The Ten Best Geek Events in Denver in December

That's not Santa on the line.
That's not Santa on the line.

Don't worry if you've been too naughty for Santa to bring you anything good, because December is full of great stuff for every geek girl and boy. You won't even have to leave any cookies and milk out to enjoy all the great nerd fun that Denver has in store for you this month, from weird horror to hard science. Here, in chronological order, are Denver's ten best geek events in December.

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10) Cary Elwes: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride There aren't a lot of great geek romances out there, and that makes The Princess Bride a special film in the hearts of romantic nerds everywhere. And none other than Westley himself is in town to discuss and sign his memoir As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride. What geek worth his salt wouldn't want to meet the Dread Pirate Roberts, even if he'll probably be a little too busy to challenge to a swordfight, feat of strength or battle of wits? You'll have to make do with him signing your book, and maybe throwing an "As you wish" your way.

Elwes will appear at 7 p.m. Monday, December 1 at the Tattered Cover Colfax. Tickets for the signing line are free with purchase of the book As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride ($26), and open seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Yes, it will be insane, so plan to come early if your life won't be complete without being there. For more information, visit the Tattered Cover website.

9) Cruel Autumn: Possession

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takes the concept of "bad breakup" to some very strange places. How strange? Strange enough that the savage beatings, self-mutilation and murder that erupt in the wake of the disintegration of the relationship at the heart of the film are easily the most relatable things about it. After all, most of us can imagine a breakup gone so wrong that violence plays a part, but a breakup that leads to illicit monster sex in an eerily empty apartment? Not so much. Chances are good you've never seen anything quite like this movie; once you've seen it, you can decide if that was a good or bad thing.

See Possession at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 2 at Crash 45, but get there by 6:30 to find a seat and order drinks. Admission is free, but booze isn't, so plan accordingly. For more information, visit the Cruel Autumn Facebook page.

The Ten Best Geek Events in Denver in December

8) The Circus Emporium Cabaret It's just not the Christmas season without a combination circus sideshow and haunted house in a bar, right? Okay, maybe not, but if you need a break from the Santa-infused schmaltz of the season, you could do a lot worse than this extravaganza featuring the Enigma, Serana Rose, Shea FreeLove and Bloodshed Deathbath. Everything from burlesque performers to a hand-picked assortment of sideshow oddities chosen to fit the theme of the haunted house will be there, all but assuring that you won't have to think about your holiday shopping or the cloying taste of eggnog even once all night. Of course, if you absolutely do need to do some shopping, there's nothing stopping you from picking up a few unique gifts from the assortment of weird and wild vendors on hand.

Join the circus at 9 p.m. Thursday, December 4 at 3 Kings Tavern. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit the Circus Emporium Cabaret Facebook event page.

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